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doi: 10.1097/IYC.0b013e3181b9873c
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The Feasibility of Virtual Home Visits to Provide Early Intervention: A Pilot Study

Kelso, Ginger L. PhD; Fiechtl, Barbara J. MS; Olsen, Susan T. MEd; Rule, Sarah PhD

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Abstract

Although videoconferencing has been used to deliver distance education, tutoring for children, and telemedicine observations, there is limited information on the efficacy of its use in delivering part C early intervention services. Four families receiving early intervention services in a rural program participated in a pilot study to test the feasibility of receiving intervention services over the Internet with a 2-way audio and video system. Satisfaction with this method of delivering services in a child's natural environment is reported from parents and early interventionists. Implications for early intervention programs are reported in savings in travel time and mileage costs.

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